Alsford Timber yesterday announced that it has made significant upgrades to its fleet – with the addition of 11 new trucks.
The company, based in Kent, will see new wagons will roll up later this year. They include 12 tonne trucks, that will mark a big increase on the 7.5 tonne capacity vehicles that are currently being used.
In a gesture to mark the arrival of the new fleet, a raffle will be held to decide the names of the new fleet, with proceeds going to Macmillan Cancer Care.
Alford Timber supplies sheets of wood, doors, garden fences and wooden flooring as well as other industry essentials.
They said they have added the new lorries in order to cope with the increased demand across its 18 branches in the south east of England.
Transport Compliance Manager Adam Drury said: ‘We are committed to creating a Transport and Logistics service which will be unrivalled in our sector of operations.
‘To this end we have invested heavily in a new fleet which incorporates all available safety innovations, we are also dedicating a significant amount of time and effort in driver training to ensure the professionalism of our staff matches the quality of our vehicles.’
Adam said they had chosen DAF Trucks the supplier because DAF are the market leaders within the merchant sector, and all vehicles are designed with the environment in mind as they run the most fuel efficient and low emission engines available.
In order to improve our operations further, these vehicles have been combined with Fassi Lorry Loader Cranes, supplied by Walker Crane Services.
Adam added: ‘In our opinion, Fassi have truly exceptional safety features ensuring a safer environment for our staff. As a result we see Fassi as our crane of choice going forward.
‘All new vehicles joining the fleet have been carefully inspected and specified by the Alsford Logistics Team to ensure that they meet and exceed the requirements set by FORS, CLOCS and Cross Rail. Vehicles are fitted with extra mirrors, proximity sensors, CCTV, audible alarms and signage to help improve the safety of other road users, particularly the growing number of cyclists.
‘Alsford Timber is focused on providing the safest, yet most efficient service possible. To ensure that this can be provided, all driving staff are subject to extra training, which they are assessed upon on a regular basis.
‘This transport replacement program will be part of a continual review which will keep Alsford Timber at the forefront of Transport innovation.’